from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To diminish or destroy the strength or vitality of.
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- v. to deprive of vitality, make lifeless, weaken.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of life or vitality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of vitality; take away life or life-sustaining qualities from.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sap of life or energy
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Our work is to devitalize negativity, not revitalize it with our attitudes, thoughts, projections or actions.
To put Scottie with some defeated actress teaching for Miss This-Or-Thats would be to devitalize the whole idea.
It has been argued that the cooperative conception of the federal relationship, especially as it is realized in the policy of federal subventions to the States, tends to break down state initiative and to devitalize state policies.
While one of the strangest results of the introduction of machinery into modern industry is that instead of liberating the human powers and initiative of the workers, it has often tended to devitalize and warp these forces to the functions of machines, yet this result is so strange that it cannot seem inevitable.
 One must not be misled by popular statements in this connection, such as this of Professor Owen's: "There are organisms which we can devitalize and revitalize -- devive and revive -- many times."
"curing" it by mental control (even granting that this is the case), we burn the candle at both ends -- for the reason that we devitalize the body by allowing it to become diseased and then waste more energy in the mental effort to get well again!
One of the strangest effects of the introduction of machinery into industry is that instead of liberating the human powers and initiative of workers from mechanical drudgery, it has often tended to devitalize and warp these forces to the functions of machines. [
But the biologist cannot devitalize a plant or an animal and revivify it again. [